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Deal Near — But Not Bipartisan — on State Budget Deficit

By Keith M. Phaneuf

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his fellow Democrats in the legislature’s majority said today they believe they had reached the essence of a deal to mitigate state budget deficits and offer modest tax relief to businesses.

Malloy announced he would call the General Assembly into special session on Tuesday in the hope of adopting the package.

Republican legislative leaders said that, while they agreed with the tax relief for corporations, they oppose the overall package because the parties differ over how to stabilize state finances over the long-term.

Neither party disclosed many details of the talks, which began at Malloy’s request last month.

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New Chair of Playhouse Board of Trustees Image
Barbara K. Streicker of Westport, newly elected chair of the Westport Country Playhouse board of trustees, poses today with outgoing chair Michael Klingher of Weston in front of the Playhouse’s administrative conference room which has been named in Klingher’s honor. Klingher, board chair from 2013 to 2015 and a trustee since 2007, will remain on the board. Streicker has been on the Playhouse board since 2006. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kat Gloor for

Audit Held of Nov. 3 Voting Image
A state-required audit of Westport election results was held today at Westport Town Hall. Registrars of Voters Marla Cowden and Kevin White conducted the audit of optical scan voting machine results of Districts 6 and 7, the voting held at Long Lots Elementary School. The participants were poll workers, one-half Republican and one-half Democrat. Cowden said the Long Lots voting districts were selected through a state lottery. “There is no challenge by any of the candidates,” White added. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Comings & Goings: Harvest Restaurant to Open This Month Image
Harvest Restaurant, 36 Railroad Place, in the space previously occupied by Mario’s, will open “during the holiday season” according to a real estate source. The owners, Vicente and Nuve Siguenza, also operate Cava in New Canaan, Harvest in Greenwich, New Haven, Scena in Darien, and 55 Degrees in Fairfield. Frank ”Tiger” DeMace, co-founder of Mario’s with the late Mario Sacco, died in 2012 at age 78. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

School Board Interviews Superintendent Candidates Image
Michael Gordon: “We are generally pleased with candidates.” Contributed photo

The Westport Board of Education recently began interviewing candidates to replace Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon who is retiring in June, the board announced today.

“The interview phase of the superintendent search is a several-step process that allows the board to get to know the candidates well,” said Michael Gordon, school board chairman. “We are generally pleased with the pool of candidates recommended by our search consultant.”

The school board contracted national search firm Hazard, Attea & Young (HYA) in the spring after Landon announced he would be retiring following 17 years at the helm.

To discern the kind of superintendent the town sought to fill Landon’s shoes, HYA surveyed almost 700 participants, plus held public sessions and two dozen focus groups with school board members, administrators, town officials, teachers, support staff and parents.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

9 a.m. – Westport Senior Center – CSA Enhancement Committee
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “DREAMscapes”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
5 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Town Hall Tree Lighting
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Main Street – WDMA/WWCC 2015 Main Street Holiday Kickoff Celebration
7 p.m. – Westport Library – Elissa Altman on “Poor Man’s Feast: a Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and
7 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Drink n’ Draw
7 p.m. – Westport Library – Elissa Altman on “Poor Man’s Feast” & “The Art of Simple Cooking”
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “The Miracle Worker”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Bedford Acting Group Presents ‘Oliver’ This Weekend Image
Bedford Middle School’s Bedford Acting Group presents “Oliver!” this weekend and today held a dress rehearsal. More than 70 seventh and eighth graders appear in the production with performances Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets will also be sold at the door for cash or check only: $12 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased at: (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for